September 2010

Practical record-keeping tips

Posted by on September 29, 2010 in Misc.

Dividend Dollar asked recently what type of filing system I use to keep tracking of tax deductions. I have blogged on record keeping before when preparing your taxes. My essential point was that you do not have to unleash your inner librarian to be a good record keeper; planned chaos is ok as long as [...]

Does gold have a place in your portfolio?

Posted by on September 27, 2010 in Investment Information

(Long story short, blog moved servers last week and then life happened. Back to our originally scheduled programming…) Buying gold continues to reach fever pitch. Last week, it hit a new high of $1,300 an ounce and there continues to be talk about new highs for gold prices. Is it time to hop on the [...]

Are financially innovative products for you?

Posted by on September 16, 2010 in Investment Information

Before hitting a wall in late 2008, some had hailed the last 10 years as a high point in financial innovation. New products were continually hitting the street which boasted that it had some new wrinkle (leveraged ETF), heavy hitters behind it (usually some economist who got his 15 minutes) or institutional products brought to [...]

Do you fall for an example not related to you?

Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Negotiations

Someone once owed a company I worked for money. Their defense basically consisted of: “I have always paid my debtors in the past and I’ll pay you guys.” Our lawyer’s response was “what does your payment history with others have to do with your debt to us?” Using examples not related to you (for lack [...]

When to DIY and when to contract out your reno

Posted by on September 14, 2010 in Mom2KG Columns

Our periodic columnist, Mom2KG, is back to share her home reno stories and whether to DIY or to hire a contractor. Hello TMWers! Sorry for the months-long delay between posts. But I do this for free, and so other things tend to get in the way of writing 1000+ words on a regular basis, like [...]

Are you overlooking these tax savings?

Posted by on September 13, 2010 in Taxes

Earlier this summer there was a lot of bytes consumed in the blogsphere about a new tax savings strategy not previously available to the general public. The actual explanation of the strategy proved a little Palin-esque for many people’s liking and the story seems to have died a quiet death. Inevitably, in a few month’s [...]

How the workplace is different than school

Posted by on September 9, 2010 in Jobs

My last couple of employees have been recent graduates of university (less than 2 years). Contrary to the bad press about Generation Y, they were all hard-working and dedicated individuals. What I did notice was that there was, for lack of a better term, a “soft” skill-set missing from these employees. I have tried to [...]

Is real estate still a good investment?

Posted by on September 7, 2010 in Real Estate

Time Magazine’s cover story,”The Case Against Homeownership” (the link is only to an abridged version of the article given it is a recent issue) takes an over-arching look at the state of home ownership in the context of a relatively battered asset class globally.  The article raises the larger question of whether all the government [...]